White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

And U.S. companies exported $243.3 billion in goods. Migrant advocates and some Democrats in Congress oppose the proposed legislative changes, saying they would send vulnerable children back to risky situations in their home countries.

But Mr. Trump said he is willing to take the risk of deeper economic pain if it means stopping illegal immigration. "You need very specific parts to go into a vehicle". It's something that would impact nearly anyone in America who buys fruits and vegetables, says Lance Jungmeyer, the president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, a trade group. Over the Thanksgiving holiday a year ago, Trump claimed he'd already "closed the border" after officials briefly closed the northbound lanes at San Ysidro, California, for several hours in the early morning to bolster security because of concerns about a potential influx of migrant caravan members.

Petra Gomez, 63, who owns discount store Buy 4 Less near the Otay Mesa crossing in California, opposite Tijuana, said Trump's threats were also taking a toll.

The trade representative said he has advised President Trump about the issue, but also said the president's threat shows how serious he is about border security.

American shoppers would see an immediate price surges and then virtual disappearance from supermarkets of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, squash, eggplant, green beens, mangoes, melons, berries and chili peppers, Jungmeyer said. Roughly 86 percent of avocados consumed by Americans are imported, with Mexico supplying about 88 percent of those imports, according to a report from the Mexican Hass Avocado Import Association.

A shortage would directly affect avocado lovers since the U.S. imports about 80 percent of its total supply from Mexico.

He also has turned his ire on Congress, which he said must change the policies that allow illegal immigrants to game the US system and ensure it takes years to try to deport them. It is also the largest foreign source of food for Americans.

"There's a deep disconnect, or even a pathology of sorts, festering at the core of the Trump administration's response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border", Plum Line columnist Greg Sargent wrote Wednesday.

"It's not helpful", Perdue said during a visit to Purdue University in IN that was recorded by the department. But the price of most produce, especially fruits, would probably be affected.

"El Paso's U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Sector (CBP) and facility is now over capacity by 280% with more than 3,400 in custody", DHS reports. "We're going to close the border". She reportedly added that 900,000 people are coming to the US this year "without any legal right to stay". "But now Mexico is saying, 'No, no, no.' First time in decades", he said. "We've already seen a significant drop in producer profitability because of tariff disputes". "But, it's the only way we're getting a response, and I'm totally ready to do it".

Sanders said the administration was "looking at all options when it comes to closing the different ports of entry, what that looks like and what the impacts would be".

Experts said they saw the price hike coming - but not happening so soon.

Still, Trump's threat, and the way he made it, caused consternation among Republicans in Congress and drew derision from Democrats.

"Sure, it will have a negative effect on the economy", Trump said of closing the border. Trump tweeted. "If no action, border, or large sections of border, will close".

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